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2013 Working Lands Enterprise Fund Grant Recipients Announced


The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) comprised of public and private sector members involved in agriculture, forestry, and/or forest products was responsible for allocating over $1 million in grant funds in the fiscal 2013 budget year. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has been allocated $1,425,000 for the fiscal 2014 budget year, which is a slight increase from last year's funding.

In June 2013, WLEB awarded over $1M to 36 Vermont “Working Lands Enterprise Fund” grant recipients for the FY’13 appropriation. Here are the list of awardees:

Enterprise Investment Recipients: 20 recipients rec’d $204,906 (14 Agriculture; 6 Forestry)

The Enterprise Investment Area included grants ranging from $3,000-$15,000 to new and growing agriculture and/or forestry based enterprises. The Enterprise Investment Area received 191 applications for a total of $2.1 million in requests from forestry, forest products, dairy, meat, berries, tree fruit, tree farms, maple, produce, honey, fish, horses, renewable energy, compost, specialty foods, fiber, hops, land and soil testing, and drainage. Just under $220,000 was granted to this Investment Area.

  • Eddy Farm Shiitake, Andrew Bojanowski, Middlebury, Addison County
    $3,000 for “Infrastructure improvements to the current log laying yard to facilitate increased production and efficiency”
  • The Last Resort Farm, Sam Burr, Eugenie Doyle, and Silas Doyle-Burr, Bristol, Addison County
    $15,000 to “Install a thermostatically controlled water flow system to optimize trout and strawberry aquaponic production”
  • Dancing Bee Gardens, Ross Conrad, Middlebury, Addison County
    $6,000 to “Build an un-insulated barn for honey production, beekeeping courses and small scale mushroom growing”
  • Green Mountain Logging and Landscape Management, Jay Wilson and Cody Hall, Rupert, Bennington County
    $8,000 to “Equipment for logging woodlots”
  • Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, Steve Holman, Dorset, Bennington County
    $10,000 for a “Comprehensive marketing plan to increase sales for member businesses”
  • Currier Forest Products, Joel Currier, Danville, Caledonia County
    $12,000 to “Purchase a small kiln to support NEK wood based businesses”
  • Vermont Chevon, LLC, Shirley Richardson, Danville, Caledonia County
    $10,000 for “Market research and tactical marketing plan development”
  • Vermont Goat Collaborative, Karen Freudenberger, Colchester, Chittenden County
    $10,868 for a “New American custom exempt goat slaughter facility”
  • Adam's Berry Farm, Adam Hausmann, Charlotte, Chittenden County
    $10,000 for a “Walk-in refrigerator and freezer”
  • Maple Wind Farm, Bruce Hennessey, Richmond, Chittenden County
    $15,000 for an “Inspected poultry processing facility”
  • The Sculpted Tree, Nick Rosato, Winooski, Chittenden County
    $5,629 for “Equipment for wood turning and classes”
  • A.S. Hudak Lumber and Logging, Alexander Hudak, Swanton, Franklin County
    $11,406 for a “CSA model where milled wood consumers (woodworkers, carpenters, etc.) could become member investors in the mill”
  • Vermont Cranberry Company, Robert and Elizabeth Lesnikoski, Fletcher, Franklin County
    $15,000 for “Capital for press building, freezer space and a solar drying facility to increase production of cranberry juice and dried cranberries”
  • Does' Leap, LLC, George van Vlaanderen, Bakersfield, Franklin County
    $6,103 for “Increased pork production and sausage processing infrastructure to both raise more pigs on pasture and increase sausage production”
  • Timberhomes, LLC, Sean Dalton, Vershire, Orange County
    $12,000 to “Develop natural Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) made with Vermont timber & agricultural resources”
  • Sweet Rowen Farmstead, LLC, Paul Lisai, West Glover, Orleans County
    $15,000 for “200 gallon pasteurizer to quadruple production capacity of milk”
  • Krueger-Norton Sugarhouse (KNSH), Patricia Norton and Arthur Krueger, Shrewsbury, Rutland County
    $9,900 to “Convert the sugarbush to use a high vacuum gravity tubing system”
  • The Vermont Switchel Company, LLC, Susan Alexander, Cabot, Washington County
    $15,000 for “Bottling and capping equipment”
  • Screamin' Ridge Farm: Joe's Soups and Joe's CSA, Joe Buley, Montpelier, Washington County
    $15,000 to “Purchase equipment that will boost production capability and efficiency of Joe’s Soups”
  • Sidehill Farm, Kelt and Kristina Naylor, Brattleboro, Windham County
    $15,000 for “New equipment and frozen storage capacity to expand product line and increase cost-competiveness”

Service Provider Grant Recipients: 8 recipients rec’d $369,802 (6 Agriculture; 2 Forestry)

The Service Provider Grant Area received 84 Letters of Intent (LOIs) for a total of $3.2 million in LOIs. Of the applicants invited to submit a full application, 27 applications were received for a total of $1.2 million in requests. Over $350,000 was granted to this Investment Area, representing sectors across agriculture, forestry, and forest products. All grant recipients provide impact statewide.

  • The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Richmond, Statewide Impact
    $20,000 for Professional Development for Farmers’ Market Managers
  • Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District, Middlebury, Statewide Impact
    $55,000 for an Expansion of the Vermont Skilled Butchers and Meat Cutters Training Program
  • University of Vermont Extension Service, Mark Cannella, Berlin, Statewide Impact
    $39,302 for Poultry and Grape Sector Business Model Research & Development
  • University of Vermont Extension Service, Vern Grubinger and Chris Callahan, Brattleboro, Statewide Impact
    $40,000 to Increase Supply and Quality of “Local” Vegetable Storage
  • Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Montpelier, Statewide Impact
    $100,000 to Expand Business Assistance to Agricultural Infrastructure and Forestry Sectors
  • Vermont Meat and Poultry Processors’ Association, Statewide Impact
    $15,000 to Enhance Innovation in Vermont’s Meat Processing Industry
  • Vermont Solid Waste District Managers Association, Middlebury, Statewide Impact
    $55,000 for Technical Planning Services for Food Scrap Composting
  • Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, Rutland, Statewide Impact
    $48,000 for Workforce Development for the Secondary Wood Manufacturing Industry

Capital & Infrastructure Investment Recipients: 8 recipients rec’d $411,522 (4 Agriculture; 4 Forestry)

The Capital and Infrastructure Investment Area received 112 Letters of Intent (LOI) for a total of $6.7 million in LOIs. Of the applicants invited to submit a full application, 22 applications were received for a total of $2.2 million in requests. Over $400,000 in awards were granted to 8 applicants representing sectors across agriculture, forestry, and forest products, and offering benefits to the supply chain.

  • McGovern Logging and Sawmilling, Orange County
    $20,000 for Increasing Volume of Custom Milled Wood Products through Portable Sawmill Upgrades
  • Black River Produce/ Black River Meats, Windsor County
    $50,000 to Build Volume and Value for Vermont Livestock Producers in New Regional Meat Markets
  • Champlain Orchards, Addison County
    $75,000 to Expand Vermont’s Cider Apple Supply Chain
  • Jasper Hill Farm, Orleans County
    $50,000 for a Cheese Microbiology Lab to Develop “Artisanal Cultures” to Promote Product Quality and Safety for Vermont Producers
  • Vermont Refrigerated Storage, Addison County
    $43,369 for Increasing Storage Capacity for Farms, Distributers and Processors with the Construction of a 300-Pallet Freezer
  • Vermont Wood Pellet Company, Rutland County
    $38,153 to Increase Pellet Mill Efficiency and Quality through Mill Upgrades
  • Vermont Wood Studios, Windham County
    $100,000 to Expand Markets of Vermont Made Furniture by Building a Destination Shopping Experience in Southeastern Vermont
  • Vermont Woodworking School, Franklin County
    $50,000 for an Incubator Space for Emerging Woodworking Businesses

The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, Act 142, is administered by the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and is in partnership with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, as well as the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Find out more at